Two more charged with attempted murder in Carter County case

John Thompson • May 21, 2019 at 10:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two more people were arrested Monday by the Elizabethton Police Department on charges of attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping of a local man.

They join two others who were arrested on Sunday.

Arrested Monday were Brandon Charles Kempson, 36, described as homeless; and Amy Trish Campbell, 35, 225 Bishop Hollow Road. The two charged previously with attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping were husband and wife Blake Edward Adams, 32, and Angela Diane Hudson, 32, both of 1718 Scenic Drive.

Adams and Hudson were arrested in Johnson City at different locations on Sunday and turned over to the Elizabethton Police Department, where they each gave statements police said accused Kempson of being involved in the beating of a man inside their residence.

Investigators said a video on a cell phone in Hudson’s possession provided further details about the incident.

The police department reported that investigators received the original complaint from the man on Saturday. After statements made by Adams and Hudson, warrants were issued for the arrest of Kempson and Campbell.

Police said Adams and Hudson reported that the man was tied to a chair, where he was beaten. Police were told that the man was then driven to Wilbur Dam Road, where Kempson took the man onto a wooded trail, and that Kempson returned to the car without him.

Campbell was arrested at her residence on Monday by officers of the Elizabethton Police Department and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department. Campbell told officers that she had received a call from Adams, who told her he had some of her belongings and to come by and pick it up.

She did so, and told police she saw the man tied to a chair and that the man “looked bad.” She was then given a Wal-Mart credit card that she had been missing and a cell phone. She said she heard the others tell the man “I guess you won’t be stealing again.”

Campbell and Kempson were arraigned in Sessions Court on Tuesday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set bond for each at $250,000. Attorney Patrick Denton was appointed to defend Campbell, and Russell Kloosterman was appointed to defend Kempson. Both are scheduled to be back in court on May 24.

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